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Obama snubs young people at DCCC fundraiser

Barack Obama podiumPresident Barack Obama spent the weekend wining and dining with Democratic Party heavyweights, many whom open their wallets as the President hypnotizes them with his normal spiel. But as Obama hailed his donors and made the case for the need for sustainability, he ignored his biggest cheerleaders: young people.

President Obama hit the fundraising trail this weekend, making the rounds at events for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and the Democratic National Committee in Seattle, Wash. The President made his usual remarks regarding healthcare and immigration reform at the home of former Microsoft executive Jon Shirley. But while speaking on the importance of sustainability, Obama snubbed future generations as he reflected on the contributions of those from the past.

“I feel passionate about making sure that we’re leaving a planet that is as spectacular as the one we inherited from our parents and our grandparents,” Obama told the roughly 63 guests at the DCCC fundraiser.

Though President Obama was speaking on the importance of protecting the physical environment — a key aspect of his agenda — Obama snubbed the generation that stands to inherit a dismal living environment, one that includes mounds of debt, a stagnant economy and expensive healthcare.

Ironically, the campaigner-in-chief seemed to forget that under his policies, young Americans — who played a significant role in both his election and re-election — stand to have more than $17 trillion in national debt passed on to them. Additionally, the social security and Medicare funds Millennials continue to contribute to only dwindles. And chances are many future generations will not stand to receive a penny from such funds as our parents and grandparents did.

After months of planning, the President’s signature healthcare law rolled out with a rocky start, at best. And as young Americans enroll in Obamacare’s exchanges, many are finding their premiums increasing substantially — an unwelcome consequence as Millennials are forced to subsidize the expensive health plans of the elderly.

While President Obama believes it is important for Generation Y and future generations to leave the planet as spectacular as the one left by the Baby Boomers and Generation Xers, he seems to forget about the planet his policies are leaving young Americans with.

In interviews with Red Alert Politics last month, both Reps. Lynn Jenkins (R-Kan.) and Steve Stockman (R-Texas) said the growing national debt remains one of the biggest challenges facing Millennials. But instead of curbing reckless spending, the government and President Obama continue to spend more, blowing past sequesteration-mandated levels mandated after the fiscal cliff debates.

Yes, it is important for Americans to be kind to the environment in an effort to preserve the beautiful land we live on. But the President forgot about preserving an environment that encourages innovation, independence from government and a thriving economy, and one that leaves the planet — and the country — in a spectacular state for generations to come.

 

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